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October 9, 2015

HOTYB Update: Our Beaches are not Ashtrays

Did you know that cigarette butts are the number one item consistently found at beach cleanups? Taking decades to decompose, these tiny items contain plastic, leach harmful toxins that concentrate in the environment, and present dangers to wildlife, children and pets when accidentally consumed. As part of former Governor Kitzhaber’s executive order on tobacco use, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department (OPRD) passed rules to make Oregon Parks smoke free; and, thanks to your advocacy and interest in the environmental health of our ocean and beaches, OPRD initiated rulemaking to support smoke-free beaches as an expansion of the initial rules prompted by the executive order.
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October 5, 2015

Newport Chapter and City Investigate Nye Beach Bacteria

Recent water quality monitoring has demonstrated some high bacteria at Nye Beach the past couple of weeks in Newport and the local Surfrider Chapter and City of Newport are doubling down on monitoring upstream to try and locate and address the source. It’s not the first time and it probably won’t be the last, but the longstanding partnership between the chapter’s Blue Water Task Force (BWTF) monitoring program and the City is gaining ground on the source.
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September 14, 2015

14th Annual Clean Water Classic – September 25th-27th

The 14th annual Clean Water Classic is set to go off, September 25-27, 2015, in Westport, WA, fingers crossed for another year of sun and proper surf! This is the longest running Pro/Am surf contest in the Pacific Northwest and is presented collectively by the Pacific Northwest chapters of the Surfrider Foundation.
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August 30, 2015

Oregon Beach Advisory Standards to Change

The Oregon Beach Monitoring Program (OBMP) is entering a process to adopt new advisory level values for bacteria in accordance with EPA’s new criteria for BEACH Act grants for monitoring recreational beaches. Beach action values (BAVs), or the amount of bacteria present in a sample that would trigger an advisory, will go from 158 MPN to 70 MPN, which could lead to up to 50% more advisories on Oregon’s beaches. The process could also result in fewer beaches being monitored as the action will put greater demands on OBMP resources and staff.
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August 29, 2015

California at Oregon’s door…and it ain’t just the tourists

Drought declarations, wildfires, municipal water restrictions, beach and park fire bans, welcome to the new Oregon? Climate change skeptic one woefully may be, but Oregonians are feeling some serious change and it sure as heck has a lot to do with the climate! We’d like to think we’re immune to certain aspects of California here in Oregon, especially on the coast; but, the Golden State’s climate is creeping in, her policies are following and recreational users on the coast are feeling “out of state”.
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Toxic Sludge Fills the Animas River
August 17, 2015

What the Animas River spill can teach us – Protecting our treasured rivers in Southwest OR

The recent spill of toxic mine waste into the Animas River in Colorado has elevated the threats of mining to our precious rivers to the forefront of national news, perhaps a silver lining to the tragedy. Aside from the extraordinary conservation values of our rivers, the spill may be one of the most powerful arguments in our communities against the proposed nickel mines in Southwest Oregon. See bottom of post for ways to engage and info on September 9th public meeting in Gold Beach.

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